Talisay City Councilor withdraws controversial ‘chalk ordinance’

THE controversial proposed ordinance in Talisay City, Cebu that seeks to require motorists to bring their own chalk and other marking devices has been retracted by its proponent.

The draft ordinance states that a citation ticket would be issued to a driver if he failed to mark his vehicle during a minor road incident.

Some netizens poked fun at the measure, saying part of traffic officers’ duty is to investigate vehicular incidents. Others agreed with Rabaya’s proposal, saying it could help decongest traffic should a minor vehicular incident occur in the city.

Councilor Ferdinand Rabaya, traffic committee chairman, said he withdrew his proposed bill during the City Council’s regular session on Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2019.

Rabaya, who authored the measure, said the City Council decided to conduct further studies so he could craft a better ordinance that would be understood by the public.

The traffic enforcers, he said, would be trained to mark the position of vehicles involved in road incidents while waiting for the police to arrive. It is the police’s duty to investigate traffic incidents and sketching of vehicles.

Rabaya’s proposed ordinance also states that drivers must take pictures of their vehicles before pulling them out of the road.

The legislation would not apply to major traffic incidents with loss of lives and injuries.

Rabaya said he authored the measure as he wants to help decongest traffic in the event of a minor road incident. His move was supported by Talisay City traffic agency head Jonathan Tumulak, saying the legislation, if passed into an ordinance, could help the traffic. (FMD/KAL)


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